@Tsukimoto - another great post, thanks. You don't post often but when you do, it's always a doozie.
@Jeenia, @Missy66 - Welcome to the ark. It's good to see that there are still members who can think for themselves. Ex chicago south-sider and north sider here.
Regarding the nobel prize for Ikea, maybe he can get the Bernie Maddoff special mention for swindling people out of their money?
As far as the members living in near poverty for SGI's sake, I guess for Karma to really work you need some people to sacrifice so much that the universe itself rejects the injustice. Could be we'll see Ikea's next incarnation as a leech or a jackal. Remember though, the organization is the shadow of the leader so if we here are all that have stood up and walked away from it, then perhaps there is divine retribution to go all around.
Reading that the WT subscription is now $50, what is inside that rag that is worth that? I sometimes thought they just changed the titles on the articles and recycled that garbage over and over. I'd look for inconsistencies that would suggest the articles were rehashes, but the SGI-blather was so vague that it was hard to even do that. I remember when they changed the format of the Seikyo Times the first time (sorry, that dates me :) ) I hoped there would be some good stuff from american members but no chance, cannot have people not parroting the party line.
Until the members themselves realize that there isn't going to be a hope for change over the next ten years they will just keep on marching to the SGI tune. As Ikea gets more decrepit those around him will compensate more and more and try to make things look like "it's all going okay, move along, nothing to see here, move along". Remember when Castro had some health issues? That Venezuelan dictator that Ikea is so palsy walsy with, same thing. Things get locked down so the big dogs can carve out their piece of the pie without interference.
I am SO GLAD I broke away years ago. Right now it's like a bad soap opera from my perspective.
Wakatta1, the WT has basically turned into an Ikeda Worship Platform. Even in the experiences, it's very rare that someone can relate one without bringing it back to accepting Sensei as Mentor in Life. I remember the Seikyo Times, too and the older WT and that was not the case. Pictures of Sensei abound. As if we'll forget what the Mentor looks like....
Like what The Anticult wrote, too, it is a systematic, constant message for the ego of one man to be adored by millions. But I'm still trying to understand for myself what has been written here recently, about how SGI-USA really doesn't care if people reject the M/D angle upon investigation and turn off/not join. So they really don't care about the expansive goal of Kosen-rufu, having more millions bow down to the Ikeda Man?